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Mordacq, John C.; Drane, Denise L.; Swarat, Su L.; Lo, Stanley M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
In recent years, commissions and reports have called for laboratory courses that engage undergraduates in authentic research experiences. We present an iterative approach for developing course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) that help students learn scientific inquiry skills and foster expert-like perceptions about biology. This…
Descriptors: Student Research, Undergraduate Students, Science Instruction, College Science
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Simon, Gregory L.; Wee, Bryan Shao-Chang; Chin, Anne; Tindle, Amy Depierre; Guth, Dan; Mason, Hillary – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
As our understanding of complex environmental issues increases, institutions of higher education are evolving to develop new learning models that emphasize synthesis across disciplines, concepts, data, and methodologies. To this end, we argue for the implementation of environmental science education at the intersection of systems theory and…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Environmental Education, Systems Approach, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Drossman, Howard; Benedict, Jim; McGrath-Spangler, Erica; Van Roekel, Luke; Wells, Kelley – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
This article describes a collaborative mentoring program in which graduate students (fellows) from a university atmospheric science research department team-taught environmental science classes with professors in a liberal arts college. The mentorship allowed fellows to develop and test the effectiveness of curriculum based on the Process Oriented…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Graduate Students, Mentors, Teaching Skills
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Morgenstern, Mark; Meyer, Sally; Whitten, Barbara; Reuer, Matt – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2008
At Colorado College, the energy retrofit of a building is used as a service-learning research project to teach physics and chemistry in a variety of courses. In introductory courses for nonscience majors, the project helps students appreciate the scientific method and quantitative reasoning. Within the physical-chemistry course, students see that…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Introductory Courses, Scientific Methodology, Thermodynamics
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Klymkowsky, Michael W.; Taylor, Linda B.; Spindler, Shana R.; Garvin-Doxas, R. Kathy – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2006
The misconceptions that students bring with them, or that arise during instruction, are a critical barrier to learning. Implicit-confidence tests, a simple modification of the multiple-choice test, can be used as a strategy for recognizing student misconceptions. An important issue, however, is whether such tests are gender-neutral. We analyzed…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Multiple Choice Tests, Misconceptions, Academic Libraries